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Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters

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Distributor: 4-Kids
Original Story: Kazuki Takahashi
Volumes: 2
Rating: TV-Y
Anime Guide: D

When Joey wins a trip to India, everyone thinks it's a chance to get away from it all.  Little did they know just how far away from it all they were going to get.  First Yugi's Grandpa disappears, and then Yugi and his friends discover a pyramid in India (still with me?).  Then they get all sucked to an alternate world based on the board game Capsule Monsters.  Now they have to go through five trials, find their way home, and beat one of the most successful military commanders in history.

Review: After the Yu-Gi-Oh! series ended in 2006, fans of the series needed a fix that the new anime Yu-Gi-Oh! GX series just couldn't provide.  Capsule Monsters (based on the PS2 video game Capsule Monsters Colisseum) provides just that fix.  It has the monsters you're all used to seeing and this time we actually get to see them fight which is a treat.  Its definitely worth taking a look at.

Action Level: 3/5
As mentioned before, the monsters actually battle, it's not a "this monster's stronger so the other monster's destroyed" kind of thing that the original series did.  I'd like to see more of this "extended battling" thing.

Romance Level: 2/5
This is 4-Kids so of course they're going to water down any sign of personal interaction between characters.  Of course considering this is the 21st century, if you ask me, it might not make too many people upset if you just show some affection.  Is that too much to ask?  Apparently it is.

Comedy Level: 2/5
Joey and Tristan's can-can dance was funny.

Adult Level: 1/5
Okay, so earlier I was complaining about watering down.  I'd just like to continue that rant.  I mean in the flashback where Tea tells the history of Alexander, she says that his defeat was so devastating that he "never recovered."  I don't care if you have to match the word movements or not, its okay to say the word 'death.'  Particularly since the character was already dead.  Good grief.

Drama Level: 2/5
The drama was on par with the original series.

Overall Level: 3/5
Yu-Gi-Oh! fans rejoice, the series is not entirely dead yet.  As long as independents like this is produced, I say the series has another good 2 or 3 years left.